Quarterback steps up for Irish in defeat
Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist departed early in Saturday's 28-27 loss to Tulsa. He exited after getting injured while scrambling right for 29 yards with 9:02 left in the first quarter. Crist will reportedly miss the rest of the season with ruptured tendon in his left knee. Crist was replaced by freshman Tommy Rees, who finished with 334 yards passing on 33-of-54 attempts, with four touchdowns and three interceptions. According to the university, Rees is the first Notre Dame freshman to throw four touchdown passes in a game. "Awesome," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly responded when asked to evaluate Rees' performance. "Are you kidding me? I couldn't be more happy for the kid. He just competes. He's a competitive kid. He loves to play." Rees completed his first eight passes, a major contrast to his first career appearance after Crist was injured early against Michigan. Rees looked out of sync and was quickly pulled in favor of Nate Montana, who finished the first half before Crist returned. One of Rees' three interceptions was a tipped ball returned for a touchdown; another came at the end of the half and caused little harm. The final one, however, came with under a minute left on an end-zone try that finished Notre Dame's chances of a comeback finish.
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